IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

Here's another excellent article on security assistance reform, written by a U.S. Army infantry officer with experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Sweeter Carrots and Harder Sticks: Rethinking U.S. Security Assistance" - War on the Rocks


  • Re: More on Why U.S. International Security Assistance Needs to be Revamped

    by » one year ago

    This is important, and I’ve been advocating this for years. Several years ago when I worked in USAID we had a major policy that stated policy reform in countries receiving foreign aid was necessary to receive our aid, going beyond “incentive” and “inducement.” We established measures the recipient country was required to establish to qualify for our assistance. This followed a World Bank study that prescribed the need for policy reform to improve aid effectiveness. DOD should elevate this issue to be of prime importance. I suspect Afghanistan would have been done much differently and we could have succeeded if it had been a prime factor in our assistance policy there. 

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